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Drug-Free Communities Continuation Grants Awarded

Community-based anti-drug coalitions currently receiving funding through the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program have been awarded an additional $60 million by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). A total of 565 coalitions and five mentoring groups received continuation grants. …

Alcohol Ads Air More Frequently When Kids Watch, Study Says

Alcohol companies have pledged to avoid advertising on TV programs with 30 percent or more youth viewership, but a new study of cable TV shows that the programs that fall under this threshold but retain the most popularity with kids …

Stroke, Heart Attack Risk Tied to Smokeless-Tobacco Use

More than 5 percent of all strokes and heart attacks in Sweden are associated with smokeless-tobacco use, according to a research review that confirmed a small but firm association between use of such products and disease. HealthDay News reported Aug. …

FDA Unveils Center for Tobacco Products, Names Director

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), newly empowered to regulate tobacco and cigarettes, has announced that Lawrence Deyton, M.D., will head the agency’s new Center for Tobacco Products. “The Center will oversee the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention …

Drug Possession Decriminalized in Mexico

Possession and use of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and amphetamines are no longer criminal offenses in Mexico, the Associated Press reported Aug. 21. A law that went into effect this week decriminalized minor drug possession, although individuals …

Binge Drinking: Not for Kids Only

More than one in five men ages 50-64 report consuming five or more alcoholic beverages at a single sitting within the past month, shattering the myth that binge drinking is strictly a problem for college students USA Today reported Aug. …

Hands Off Tobacco Settlement Funds, Ohio Court Orders State

The state of Ohio has been permanently banned from raiding the state’s $250-million tobacco-settlement fund to use the money for other budgetary priorities, the Columbus Dispatch reported Aug. 11. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and some lawmakers wanted to use the …

Stern Warnings, Scary Pictures Coming to U.S. Cigarette Packs

Cigarette packs in the U.S. will soon feature blunter health warnings and graphic images of body parts riddled with cancer and other diseases associated with smoking, thanks to the tobacco-regulation bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. …

Study Sees Rural Nonprofits Lagging Behind Urban Charities

Nonprofit organizations in rural communities are disproportionately smaller and poorer than their counterparts in big cities, according to a study from the Bridgespan Group. The report, Nonprofits in Rural America: Overcoming the Resource Gap (PDF, 101 KB), found that rural …

Study Sees Few Cancer Risks from Smokeless Tobacco

A new research review concludes that smokeless-tobacco use poses little cancer risk to users — and far less than smoking tobacco — but the findings were immediately challenged by another tobacco researcher. MedPage Today reported July 29 that researchers Peter …